If you watched the co-main event of Saturday's World Series of Fighting 9 event you saw Marlon Moraes capture the WSOF bantamweight crown by brutalizing the legs of his overmatched opponent Josh Rettinghouse.
The fight which ended in a Moraes unanimous decision victory (50-44 x 3) could have been stopped at any point in the final three rounds and very few would have complained. In fact, social media was afire with calls for Rettinghouse's corner, the cageside doctor or the referee to call the fight during that stretch.
After the fight, Moraes spoke to MMAFightCorner, and said, "I'm so happy right now - it's so much things coming to my mind that I cannot think. I don't know what to think, what to do. I can guarantee to you that I'm very happy. This means a lot for me and for my family. My family is very special, they need this, and this is all for them."
The victory over Rettinghouse was Moraes' fourth win in the WSOF in a little more than a year, but the newly crowned champion was anxious to get back into the cage to defend the title, saying he could be ready to go in as little as two months.
Moraes, acknowledging that his foot was a bit sore, also said that he fully intended to get back in the gym on Tuesday. His plan is to head back to New Jersey and assist teammates Edson Barboza and Akira Corassani in preparing for their upcoming fights.
For those that thought Moraes took his foot off the gas pedal in the later rounds of Saturday's fight so as not to deliver any unnecessary trauma to the already damaged legs of Rettinghouse, Moraes said he was attempting to finish the fight, but that he was unable to do so.
Ultimately, Moraes said his goal going into the Rettinghouse bout was to leave the cage with the WSOF belt in his possession. He accomplished that goal. As for what the future holds, Moraes' opponents should be worried by that fact that he said, "I can do much better, I know I can."